10 Most popular tourist attractions in the world


The world’s most popular tourist attractions are all very beautiful and unique in their own way. They pull millions of visitors around the globe into their orbit every year. However, ranking the world’s top 10 tourist attraction is always a tough job.

Many organizations and publications have been publishing the top 10 list every year so that it gets easier for the tourists who faces difficulty in choosing which place to travel. In this article, data of Forbes, TripAdvisor, Travel + leisure and Travel Supermarket have been taken into account while creating the top 10 list.

According to the latest reports of 2018, the attractions of Italy proved to be extremely popular among the travelers this year. Rome’s Colosseum is the world’s most popular attraction for 2018 based on traveler bookings and ticket sells. It is followed by the Vatican Museums in the second and Venice’s iconic Canal Grande in the tenth spot.

Colosseum, Rome

It is the most delicately conserved monument from Ancient Rome. It was built to hold more than 50,000 spectators at a time. It is a former gladiator arena. Presently, it is on the list of one of the New7Wonders of the world. According to latest reports, around 7.4 million visitors visited this place in 2018.

Colosseum, Rome; Image Source: tripsavvy.com

Vatican Museums

It is popularly known as the home of the Pope. It hosts several museums which reflects the history and accomplishments of mankind over the last 2000 year. If you want to see the Pope, you have to ensure your entry to the weekly Papal audience and be able to witness one of the world’s most influential religious figures in a close encounter.

The Sistine Chapel is the most visited place in Vatican. Around five million people annually and around 20,000 a day in summer visit the Sistene Chapel. Most of them gets mesmerized with what they witness.

Statue of Liberty, New York City

This is a gift of friendship from France to the United States. Over the years it has become a symbol of freedom and democracy. Around 3.5 million people visit the Statue of Liberty annually. The visitors undergo airport style security screening before boarding the Ferry and again a secondary screening is required before the visitors enter the monument. The water around the Liberty and Ellis Island is a restricted zone.

Louvre Museum

It is considered as the world’s largest art museum, with an incomparable collection of arts which covers the full spectrum of art throughout ages. It is the home to the most popular painting in the world, Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” 10.2 million visitors visit this museum a year.

With this data, it will not be wrong to say that this is the most visited place in the world. But the reason this place comes fourth in the list is because the increase in the number of tourist in the Louvre compared to 2017 was 25 %, which was less than the above mentioned three places.

The Louvre Museum; Image Source: symmetrymagazine.org

The Eiffel Tower

It is a wrought-iron lattice tower on the Champe de Mars in Paris. More than 250 million people have visited the tower since its inception in 1889. Around 6.91 visitors visit the tower a year. An average of 25,000 people visit the tower every day.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

This Bridge is one of the most exquisite internationally recognized Symbol of San Francisco. Towering as high as a 65-story building and stretching 42,000 feet, the Golden Gate Bridge is considered as the gateway to San Francisco.

The tourists can enjoy the views of the bridge on a Jail and Sail Cruise which completes with a visit to Alcatraz or by peddling along the bridge on a 3-hour bike tour from San Francisco to Sausalito. More than 10 million people visit the bridge every year. An average of 27,000 people visit it per day.

Times Square, New York City

This is the world’s most popular public space in the world. Flashing signs, crowds, stores, restaurants, theaters and hot-dogs are about everything which makes this place special. The Times Square is called the ‘Crossroads of the World’.

An estimated 50 million visitors visit Times Square annually. Around 330,000 people pass through it daily, many of them are tourists. In the busiest days 460,000 pedestrians walk through Times Square a day.

Forbidden City, Beijing, China

This is the World’s largest and most popular palace complex. It has more than 10,000 rooms which is full of furniture and art of the Ming and Qing dynasties. According to Reuters more than 14 million people visit this place annually.

Niagara Falls, US and Canada

It is the most popular natural wonder in the world. Each second, more than 70 thousand gallons of water falls from the top. Visitors can enjoy individual falls from both sides of Canada and US. To get a different view, one can use helicopter and boat tours. It is estimated that around 30 million people visit Niagara Falls each year.

The Niagara Falls; Image Source: niagarafallsstatepark.com

Canal Grande, Venice, Italy

It is the city’s main water thoroughfare. Lined with great Renaissance palaces, it gives a colorful and busy spectacle of gondolas and vaporeretti. One can enjoy the scenic view of this place to the fullest by taking a one hour small group boat tour of the canals. Around 20-30 million tourists visit this place every year.

Canal Grande, Venice; Image Source: venice-tourism.com

The sole aim of this article was to help tourists in deciding which places to visit during a vacation. However it is a difficult task in making a top 10 list among so many beautiful places in the world.

Many popular places like the Central Park, which is the most popular public park in the world, Disney World, the most popular theme park, Victoria Park, the most popular scenic outlook, and many more places narrowly missed out from the list. Recent data and the writer’s preference played the most influential roles in making this list. So the tourists can also strongly consider these places in selecting a destination for passing their vacations.


Mashfiq Mizan

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